- 2012 – Present, PhD Candidates, Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney
- 2012 BEng. (Hons. 1), Industrial Chemistry, University of New South Wales
Title: The Heterogeneous catalytic conversion of CO2 into fuels and valuable chemicals.
With the global reserves of fossil fuels rapidly running out and greenhouse gas emissions steadily on the rise, innovating energy transformation solutions are becoming increasingly important. The recycling and transformation of carbon dioxide (CO2) has the potential to not only reduce CO2 emissions but to also provide a limitless source of renewable fuel and valuable chemicals. Both catalytic and photocatalytic processes are imperative to the success of this system, however, the technology is still in its infancy and yields for these reactions are quite low. The proposed work aims to investigate innovative methods to valorise CO2 to liquid fuels and valuable chemicals through the use of expanded CO2 reaction technologies and functionalised nanomaterials. Catalyst design and reaction engineering will be key areas of the research.
Awards and achievements
- Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
- UNSW Co-Op Scholarship
- Fletcher, C. J., Jiang, Y., Amal, R. Metal doped ZnO nanomaterials and their photocatalytic properties for CO2 reduction. Poster presented at: Advances in Functional Nanomaterials for Energy and Environmental Applications. 8th Annual Converence of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials; 2012 Nov 15-16; Sydney, NSW.
- Fletcher C; Jiang Y; Sun C; Amal R, 2014, ‘Morphological evolution and electronic alteration of ZnO nanomaterials induced by Ni/Fe co-doping.’, Nanoscale, vol. 6, no. 13, pp. 7312 – 7318,http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4nr01058b